Beat Your Backlog Tip #1: Make a List

One of the most important tips to beat your game backlog is to make a list of all of the games on your game backlog. Knowing what is in your backlog is important to keep you motivated and to keep you from making bad decisions, like buying two copies of the same game.

During this process, you may want to get rid of the games that you know you will never finish. You will also want to track your progress for each of these games.

Tools For Tracking Your Game Backlog Progress

Depending on the size of your collection and the number of details you want to track, there are several options on how to track your game backlog.

I am going to compare two online services: Backloggery and Grouvee.

Backloggery

Backloggery-piechart
Pie chart of my games backlog on Backloggery

The Backloggery provides a visual breakdown of their game collection as well as some features that encourage people to play their games and get their video game backlogs under control.

It allows users to input the games in their collection under four main categories: unfinished, beaten, completed, and mastered.

Pros of Backloggery

Unlike other game collection services, I think this is the best at tracking and organizing your backlog, by providing charts and a progress index. It is especially good at encouraging you to complete your backlog by giving out badges for important milestones.

Cons of Backloggery

One issue with Backloggery is that it has no database of games, games must be added manually. This could be a pro for some who have obscure games in their collection.

Grouvee

Grouvee.com is a website where you can catalogue, review, and organize your video game collection by adding games to virtual shelves. It uses the Giant Bomb database of games.

See my article on How to Organize Your Games With Grouvee.

Pros of Grouvee

It has a ready-made database at Giant Bomb and you can even import your games from Steam directly to Grouvee. It can also export your game collection to a csv which makes it a great starting point if you ultimately intend to use a spreadsheet.

Cons of Grouvee

I do have several issues with Grouvee. One, the name “Played” doesn’t describe the intended use of the shelf well. “Finished” would have been a better name.

Two, when I imported my collection from Steam, it added many games that I had played as demos or on free weekends, not just games I owned. (This could be more of an issue with Steam than Grouvee.)

Three, I found that some games I own were not in their database and couldn’t add my own. (You can add them on Giant Bomb but that still requires moderation.)

Conclusion

Both Backloggery and Grouvee are great services and when choosing a service to help you track your game backlog, you should choose the one that best fits your needs. For myself, I like the encouragement that Backloggery provides as well as the way it tracks my progress.

I also like Grouvee’s advanced organizational abilities, which I will be discussing in a later post.

(Featured image via FreeImages.com/St. Mattox.)

Tips to Beat Your Backlog

  1. Make a List
  2. Organize Your Games
  3. Determine Your Own Goals
  4. Decide What to Play Next
  5. Manage Your Game Time

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